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Crisis

Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)
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Summary

New York Times best-selling author Felix Francis returns with his newest edge-of-your-seat horse racing thriller in the Dick Francis tradition.  

Harrison Foster is a lawyer by training but works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specialises in such matters. Summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favourite for the Derby, Harry (as he is known) finds there is far more to the ‘simple’ fire than initially meets the eye. For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?  

Harry knows very little about horses, indeed he positively dislikes them, but he is thrust unwillingly into the world of Thoroughbred racing, where the standard of care of the equine stars is far higher than that of the humans who attend to them.   

The Chadwick family are a dysfunctional racing dynasty, with the emphasis being on the nasty. Resentment between the generations is rife, and sibling rivalry bubbles away like volcanic magma beneath a thin crust of respectability.   

Harry represents the Middle Eastern owner of the Derby favourite, and, as he delves deeper into the unanswered questions surrounding the horse’s demise, he ignites a fuse that blows the volcano sky-high, putting him in grave jeopardy. Can Harry solve the riddle before he is overcome by the toxic emissions from the eruption and is bumped off by the fallout?

©2018 Felix Francis (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Irritating Americanisms

I started to listen to this book and was immediately irritated by the Americanisms. This is a book set in England, and the hero is an Englishman. So why does the author call a solicitor an "attorney", refer to the ground floor of a building as the "first floor", call a pavement a "sidewalk" and the boot of a car the "trunk". Is the narrator reading from the US version?

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  • 24-09-18

Not great

If you are a Dick Francis /Felix Francis fan then why not, but the characterisation of the main character will drive you mad. Supposed to be a highly intelligent lawyer with no experience of horse racing but who doesn’t even have basic general knowledge most of the time. Had he been a foreigner he might of got away with it but a uk bred person, don’t think so.He is also displays other dim witted moments, once in the same sentence, but at least these match the portrayal of the seemingly vacuous whiney bunny boiler he meets along the way. Our normal Francis hero has intelligence at every turn as do his romantic liaisons. As a result this is a very confused portrayal which spoils an otherwise decent yarn.

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Was the use of American English really neccessary?

My annual fix of Dick Francis was very nearly ruined by the uneccessary use of American English, the text version on Amazon.co.uk appears via "look inside" to be in English English. Dick Francis books are quintessentially English, that why I like them... more importantly it's why many of my American friends like them too... in fact invariably once or twice a year I will end up at a featured race course with one of said friends! eager to see where it happened, and make the bookies a few pounds richer :). They really don't need to have the floors of the Bedford Arms renumbered or the Fire Brigade renamed. I'm sure a narrator of the calibre of Martin Jarvis could produce English versions of the relevant sentences/paragraphs to be dropped in.

Overall the book was a good listen, on a trip to Leeds and back, but perhaps not one of Felix's best, but I do hope Harry (and maybe even Kate) get a second outing.

BTW At the time of writing the book was tagged as a Jefferson Hinckley story... obviously it isn't.

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Predictable

Oh dear, is it me, but I am finding Mr Francis a tad predictable. I had worked out what was going on, and 'who dun it' long before 'our hero' had. As for the last chapter, pity somebody didn't tell me it was an advert for taking a holiday in the Maldives!

Maybe my tastes have changed with the advent of more recent authors. Or maybe horse racing and the American influence that has crept into his books is not what I am looking for these days.

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Great story but annoying Americanisms

This is a gripping story of a crisis manager sent to Newmarket to investigate the death of a valuable race horse. There are lots of twists and turns making it a good listen. However, there are lots of irritating Americanisms which smack of pandering to the American market (things like sidewalk, elevator, pants for trousers, attorney etc). Given that this is clearly a very English tale set in the very English town of Newmarket and with an English narrator, this really feels like Felix Francis is selling out. I listen and listen to my Dick and Felix Francis audiobooks, but this really puts me off.

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Patronising!

I found it frustrating to be listening to a book intended for the American market....the story is set in England, beautifully read in a variety of English accents and dialects, so why use so many American words and terms? Trunk, attorney, autopsy, ...the whole listening experience was spoiled for me by the 'translation' process! Surely my American friends are capable of understanding English? Shame on you Audible! Please warn us in future!

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Good story pity about the narrator.

I have loved Dick Francis novels since I was a teenager, and have enjoyed listening to various narrators over the years. Much as I love hearing Martin Jarvis reading, he is simply awful reading Dick/Felix Francis - his stilted reading irritates and jars, in fact if the yarn had not been as gripping, I would have abandoned this audiobook altogether.
Why does such an essentially English book have to be Americanised? I will think twice about downloading another , it sounds so wrong! Shameless product placement! Definitely won’t be recommending this. Dreadful.

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too many Americanisms

don't like the Americanisms...freeway etc.. it's a story based in Newmarket England....if the Americans won't buy it then produce an American version but the story is British.

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How can a new book feel so dated?

I used to love the Dick Francis books but yet again I feel that Felix falls short...

The American words (sidewalk, cell phone, attorney, fire trucks etc) stuck out like a sore thumb in a story that is set in Newmarket.

The main character, Harrison, felt so old fashioned despite the book being set in 2018... It had a vague feeling of old Bond films with him calling the office manager of the stable a 'Good girl' for keeping things going after the fire and the way he describes his feelings for Kate just seem like it was written in the 70s.

Such a shame..

Martin Jarvis isn't great at accents unfortunately. I think his Caribbean one in this book was actually worse than his Irish accent in the last book!!


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Not great

Didn't like the main character, bits of the dialogue were cringe worthy, storyline was poor. I was on the fence as far as Felix Francis went - think I'll give his books a miss in the future.

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  • 04-11-18

could have done with a little more action

A pretty good story, and we'll narrated by Martin Jarvis. The story was a bit lacking in action for a Dick Francis book though